“We slit our own throat,” Deja vu Derek

DEREK McINNES should be good at this by now. For him it’s the same old story. Ten times he’s sent out his Aberdeen side – the self styled second best team in Scotland – to take on Celtic and ten times they have come back with their tails well and truly between their legs.

The likes of Inverness Caley Thistle, Patrick Thistle, Ross County, St Johnstone and Rangers have managed to take something from Celtic. Hearts and Kilmarnock even have a scalp from their Celtic conquests. But Derek Mcinnes has hee-haw to show for 900 odd minutes of trying and failing.

So it was deja vu for Derek as he picked over the bones of the tenth straight defeat to Celtic. Warning for those who dislike sour grapes, please stop reading now…“I thought we were very good in spells and gave ourselves a chance to win the game.

“I didn’t think there was much in the first half, but the failure to stop the cross from Forrest and Dembele getting the free header isn’t something we’re looking for.

“I thought in terms of denying Celtic, we limited the chance to cause us too many problems. Arnason’s a fraction away from putting us in front in the middle of the goal with a header then Stevie May’s has something similar. I thought we had some good moments in the game and I thought in the second half we were the better team.

“We played with a bit of thought and played with plenty of endeavour. We got opportunities, got into their box and asked the question of them. At 1-0 when they went down to ten men we still had plenty of time to get the equaliser and then try get the win. That was my feeling on it and I think we’ve been guilty of a couple of moments of madness. Sam Cosgrove has got caught up in the game. For me it looked like a red card. I haven’t seen it back, but there’s got be that restraint there, as much as he is keen to make an impression.

“We had one or two opportunities at 1-0 and then we put the ball into the box and Celtic counter on us. There’s not too many teams that have the quality to punish you on that, but Celtic do. You’ve got to commend Tierney on his endeavour to get up the pitch and get the second goal. From our own point of view when we’re taking a set play there, we’ve got to be better when that ball comes out and I’m not pointing the blame at anybody, but we slit our own throat in terms of that second goal.

“The effort from the players was everything I wanted, and I thought we looked like a proper team today. I thought we had the better of the chances, nullified their threat and stopped their better players having an impact in the game and we gave ourselves a chance to get something from the game. Ultimately, we didn’t, but there was a lot from the team that was asked of them and a lot of aspects of the game I was pleased with.

“It’s a combination of both. I thought they provided more quality in the final third and I thought we had the better chances as I said. They’ve got a great block from McGinn, the keeper’s made a save from McLean and then Gary Mackay-Steven’s in two minds whether to shoot or play it on a plate to Stevie May and he’s inches away from it. O’Connor has the follow up and puts it wide.

“There were enough moments for us to get something from the game, but ultimately, it’s about putting the ball in the net and we never. I think if we get one of those chances, the way I felt the game was going with the momentum and I felt we were the stronger team in the second half.

“It’s not a stat we’re proud of, but it was a stat that was common for a while. We’ve beaten Celtic previously in my time here and we haven’t managed to beat this current Celtic team over the last couple of seasons, but today at least we gave ourselves a chance.”

Of course you did Derek.





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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. McInnes talks a good game. Derek,, the object is to score goals. Today you didn’t score. Time you started to realise that Sevco worked you up into a lather, while the shafted you and your failures to two defeats. The true making of a manager with your leanings is to stuff Sevco, you didn’t. Hence as far as Scottish football is concerned, no matter how you go on about what could have been, your a failure, and so is your team.

  2. Honestly what game was that clown watching we had a few chances esp in first half to put game to bed,even his own fans are baffled by his team selections and tactics,absolute nonsense coming from him